The most insidious form of “Both Sides Do It” journalism is its insistence that, no matter what, it’s always about politics.
Democrats objecting to Republicans suppressing Democratic votes (they never do seem to suppress votes evenly between Republican voters and Democratic voters) is — in this view — political rather than legal. Those stolen votes are… what? Collateral damage? When a Democratic voter loses their right to vote — because a Republican TOOK it from them — the only politics being played are by the REPUBLICAN. The Democrat here is the VICTIM OF A CRIME.
That little analogy goes Big Time with Donald Trump. It’s the exact same deal. Trumpified.
What most Democrats objected to as Trump plowed his way through the Republican field back in 2016 was his racism, his misogyny, his corruption. We objected to hearing a presidential candidate say that “Mexicans are rapists”. Our objection, MSM, wasn’t POLITICAL, it was MORAL.
The fact that we were Democrats (while most Republicans stayed silent or quickly bought in) was relevant. Not because of our political affiliation but because of our morality. As usual, the MSM ate the icing and forgot that a cake even existed.
Even today, a cable news show could play thirty seconds of Trump talking about anything. The talking heads would get their shot — and the Democratic Congressperson on the panel will state the obvious: Trump lied, lied, LIED.
The news panel’s host will (with one or two exceptions) flip it to whatever Republican Talking Head is there — “Is that true? Did the president lie?”
The rest of the conversation is irrelevant. The Talking Head Host just assumed (on the audience’s behalf?) that the Democrat’s take wasn’t motivated by the truth, it was motivated by politics. To get to the truth? We need to hear the other side, too.
Both sides DO NOT DO THIS. Both sides do not commit treason to win elections. They don’t.
Both sides do not suppress the other side’s votes to win elections. They don’t.
Both sides do not wage political campaigns based on fear and outright hatred of the other to compel their voters. They don’t.
Both sides do not obstruct justice as easily as they breathe. They don’t.
Both sides do not put forward ludicrous explanations that couldn’t pass smell test in a shit factory. They don’t.
Both sides do not make excuses for a president who consistently behaves in ways that would get any other citizen arrested. They don’t.
Both sides do not have a relationship with Vladimir Putin that is so flagrantly, obviously, how-in-our-faces-does-it-have-to-be TREASONOUS that it boggles the mind we don’t call it TREASONOUS yet. Both sides absolutely, positively do not.
What the MSM cannot get through its titanium skull is that one can object to Donald Trump, to Republicans and their outright corruption, as a concerned citizen first and a Democrat second. It’s possible to think country over party. Why, we should be demanding, does our Main Stream News Media think every single American thinks like a goddamned Republican?
Both sides do not do it. Both sides do not always — ALWAYS — play politics.
And, while we’re at it – Chuck Todd is an idiot.